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Animal Behavior Majors: You might be interested...

We are looking for a current student at IU or elsewhere (graduate or undergraduate), or someone within ONE YEAR of completing their degree for this USGS Student Services Contractor position for research in the Keith Clay lab on the invasive wetland plant, Phragmites, and its associated fungal communities. The announcement and instructions to apply are attached here. The pay is $16.83 - $18.83 per hour, depending on educational background. Please forward to potential interested students.

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Posted: 4/21/2018

Marine science career development opportunity in South Africa

Seats in the 2-week and 4-week Cape RADD marine field courses are quickly filling for the months of June, July and August. Though the course operates year round, these are the more popular months and space is limited! The course is structured around several SCUBA-based research projects that we run or collaborate with, using the projects as tools to teach practical and theoretical skills while allowing students to actively participate in the research. Some projects are general long term monitoring projects, while others aim to answer specific questions, such as the impact of grazer density on kelp abundance, or the patterns of interaction between individuals in fish shoals. We cater to students of various levels of experience and interest, so the course begins with scuba courses and refreshers to get everyone comfortable again in the water. Students are then introduced to the science component with some citizen science initiatives. Concepts are progressively built upon by introducing projects over the course of the next weeks that utilise more standardised research methods. Lectures and workshops are also provided that introduce concepts like biodiversity, and how these are measured and compared, with some hands on training in software like R, QGIS and Coral Point Count. We also run some boat based observation trips and teach an introductory freediving course.

Check out our website or drop us an email for more information on what we offer.

Posted: 4/9/2018

Seminar in Animal-Computer Interaction

INFO 590-35981

Tuesday evenings, 5:45pm-8:15pm, Luddy Hall Room 1104

Christena Nippert-Eng, Professor of Informatics

...A readings and discussion seminar on this dynamic, emergent field.

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Updated 5/14/2018

2018-2019 Academic year Internship – Monday, August 13, 2018- May 5

Objective: To give student hands-on experience in husbandry, education and the many aspects of WonderLab’s animal exhibits department including the creation, improvement, and maintenance of animal exhibits.

Type: Unpaid (unless eligible for federal work-study) or for class credit

Time Commitment: Two, weekly shifts totaling 7 hours plus research time


  • Animal care and maintaining display habitats
  • Monitoring habitats for ideal conditions
  • Live animal demonstrations, education and outreach
  • Upkeep and organization of animal resources and care logs
  • Completion of 1-2 animal specific projects (Academic Year, Class Credit Interns only)

Preferred skills and qualifications for this position:

  • Interest in biology/animals
  • Reliable with a strong work ethic
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent communication skills, especially written
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experience working with vertebrates and invertebrates a plus
  • Weekend availability
  • Enjoys researching and creating educational materials

If you are interested in the Animal Care Internship position please do the following:

1. Send an introductory email, resume and cover letter indicating which internship session

you are applying for to:

               Sam Couch -

               Animal Exhibits Manager

               WonderLab Museum of Health and Technology

2. Fill out an application available on the WonderLab website at

Posted: 3/03/2018

Fall 2018 / LING-L214 (Department of Linguistics)
Instructors: Ann Bunger and Sachiko Koyama
MWF 11:15 am-12:05 pm (3 credits)

This course deals with the communication systems of non-human animals, addressing them both on their own terms and in comparison with the major communication system of human animals, Language. The primary focus will be on communication in bees, birds, mice, and primates, though we will also consider other creatures. From the various perspectives of biology, psychology, and linguistics, we will consider what animals might (be able to) communicate about and how they do it in the wild vs. in contact with humans. This course counts toward fulfillment of the CASE S&H Breadth of Inquiry requirement.

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